Subject Area: Language Arts
Genre: Fiction, Picture book
Summary: As the story begins, a son has just been born. The story then continues through the life of the boy until he is a grown man. The mother continues to rock her son to sleep singing "I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living my baby you'll be." Later, the role is reversed and he holds his elderly mother and says the same thing. At the very end of the story, the mother passes away and her son is the father of a little girl, rocking her to sleep; singing the same song that his mother used to sing to him.
Themes/Topics: Family, tradition
Initiating Questions & Activity:
- Questions: Are there certain lullabies or stories that your parents tell you before bed? Your parents care for you now, will you care for them when they are too old?
- Activity: We will discuss the questions that I posed as a class and get feedback from each student. I will share personal background information about the meaning of this book for me and ask if there is a book that is special to the students in the same way.
Culminating & Extending Questions:
- Questions: What was your favorite part of the story? Did it make you feel happy or feel sad? Do you have traditions in your family?
- Activity: Because the book is based on a family tradition between this mother and son, we will do an activity where we take turns sharing with the class our favorite traditions in our family.